Archives for the ‘Interviews’ Category

The Cribs

By • Jan 1st, 2010 • Category: Featured articles, Interviews

Music long has been a family affair for The Cribs’ Gary Jarman. It might be a tired cliché, but some things become common rhetoric because of their truthfulness. As the 29-year-old bassist/vocalist for the English ensemble, Jarman has built his lad rocking life around the things most important to him: music and his loved ones. […]

The Ruby Suns: Finding New Zeal in New Zealand

By • Oct 1st, 2009 • Category: Interviews, Popular items

Auckland, New Zealand, is not really a busy place. But after placing one international phone call to Ruby Suns frontman Ryan McPhun, that perception start to waver. Auckland is the largest city in a country known less for its own geography (off the southeast coast of Australia) than for its fictional location portraying “Middle Earth” […]

John Parish: Lifeling Collaborators

By • Jun 1st, 2009 • Category: Interviews, Popular items

It’s been 13 years since John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey unveiled the marginalized Dance Hall at Louse Point. And despite this year’s stellar follow-up — A Woman A Man Walked By — released a decade-and-a-half later, that lo-fi 1996 debut was far from being their first, or only other, collaboration. As one of the […]

Naked Raygun: A New Generation of Political Awareness

By • Jan 1st, 2009 • Category: Interviews

Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati has long been an ambassador for the original punks and their hometown. Even today, more than a quarter-century since his days in fellow seminal Chicago ensemble Big Black and almost 20 years since his last Naked Raygun album, the hard-spun vocalist isn’t afraid to dish out a few quips about the […]

The Dodos

By • Jul 23rd, 2008 • Category: Interviews

The Dodos were bigger than the Wu Tang Clan. At least that’s how it appeared after a few tweaks to the Pitchfork Music Festival schedule. Promoters rotated the sets and moved Ghostface and Raekwon to the supplementary Balance Stage, while the San Francisco ensemble had it’s dinner-time set moved Sunday evening to the largest, Aluminum […]

Clinic: Still Doing It

By • May 1st, 2008 • Category: Interviews

A rock band from Liverpool is a lot like a shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls or a Christian in Vatican City…there’s a pretty big shadow overhead. But surrendering to one’s shortcomings can be liberating — and admitting that there’s no hope of meeting such comparative expectations can create a pressure-free environment in which one […]

The Fiery Furnaces: Friedberger talks songcraft

By • Oct 25th, 2007 • Category: Interviews

Matt Friedberger doesn’t hear anything unconventional in his music. But neither did Paul McCartney when The Beatles were recording, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” As the primary songwriter for the New York-based sibling duo, The Fiery Furnaces, the 35-year-old has kept busy. While his frontwoman sister, Eleanor, has found her relationship to Franz Ferdinand […]

The Fiery Furnaces: Another Day at the Ballet …

By • Oct 1st, 2007 • Category: Interviews

A conversation with Matt Friedberger is as unpredictable as his music. The multi-instrumentalist, who turns 35 this month, has mastered compiling hodgepodge structures and bizarre stories with traditionally gorgeous psychedelia as the primary songwriter behind weirdo/experimental/art rock brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces. As a result, his music is as challenging as it is endearing; as […]

Diplo: Don’t Drink and Sample

By • Sep 1st, 2007 • Category: Interviews

When Chicago Innerview finally tracked down the elusive Diplo on a recent Wednesday morning, he was fast asleep. Everyone needs their rest, that’s for sure. But who’d have thought that locating the taste-making, jet-setting and world class DJ (a.k.a. Wes Pentz) would be as easy as dropping his Philadelphia residence a wake-up call? His exhaustion […]

Mando Diao

By • Apr 23rd, 2007 • Category: Interviews

Mando Diao is Swedish. Even if front man Bjorn Dixgard’s thick Muppet Chef accent didn’t give it away, his band’s brash style of mod garage revival should have. After all, it seems like every band copping 1960’s style and 1970’s sweat-driven harmonies comes from the region (Caesars, Fireside, The Hives, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, etc). […]